You all know by now that I am second hand junkie but not all my finds are ready to move right in. Most of them are diamonds in the rough but fortunately I am good at spotting potential. Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite makeovers that brought thrift store finds from frumpy to fabulous!
Some projects I have in mind before I buy, like my Radio Cat House. I didn’t have a radio in mind specifically just a piece of furniture up on legs so I could add an access point below. When I spotted this super cool radio with a bad gilding job and some pealing veneer I knew it would be perfect with a little bit of TLC.
Others just need a quick refresh with a new coat of paint like my Coral Bamboo Night Stand.
and some need just the opposite like the layers and layers of drippy paint I stripped off this Heywood Wakefield Nightstand.
Sometimes my finds are destined for a completely new look like this transformation from 7o’s side table to a modern Metal Based Night Stands.
Or my mid-century Coffee Table turned Bench that I actually passed on the first go round because of its laminate top. Once it came to me to convert it to a bench the laminate top didn’t matter anymore.
Occasionally my finds find each other and make perfect pairs like my Lavender Vanity/Desk
and my Color Block Chair.
Some are experiments like this little dresser I used to decide if I liked using Chalk Paint or not. (I did…but not as much as spray paint.)
or my Mid Century Bookshelf that was a collection of garage sale finds combined to make one great piece.
and some where such a labor of love that they have become my favorites like my Mid Century Desk Makeover.
But not matter where they started a little elbow grease and some creative thinking gave these bargains a second life and me a little extra change in my pocket. Next time you out be sure you don’t overlook those diamonds in the rough.